Offers a comparative approach to religious world views in relation tosuch questions as the origin of all things, the limits of knowledge, andthe roles and responsibilities of the individual and of society. Presentsa conceptual, historical, and cultural survey of the major worldreligions. Examines Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam,Shintoism, Zoroastrianism, Baha'i, indigenous religions, and New Agereligious practices. Analyzes the role of religion in helping to shapecultures and societies around the world.